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Posted on /by Nathan McNair/in Dinosaur Island, King's Life, News, Pandasaurus Games, Red Scare, State of the Saurus, Wasteland Express Delivery Service/ 1

State of the Saurus – July 18, 2017

About a year ago this was a semi-irregular blog post that we would post on our website to let you know what we are doing, what we have going on and what you have to look forward to.  Then, like lots of good ideas it sort of fell by the wayside because the business of making board games got in the way.

This is the official relaunch of State of the Saurus.  It will likely morph into a multi-media thing over the next few weeks in the way of a video blog and may include things like interviews with our friends in the industry, designers we work with, etc.

So, what’s going on in Pandaland?  A lot actually, and we’ll start with a warning, there are going to be lots of instances of “Project I can’t talk about” in this week’s post.

A friend appears

Last Friday JR Honeycutt made the 3.5 hour drive down from Ft. Worth Texas to come hang with us.  Well, hand with us and give us the first look at one of our 2018 game releases.  We’ve heard a lot of good buzz about playtests from other publishers and game designers but had not actually seen this secret project ourselves.

Also, he brought Kolaches from Czech Stop in West, Texas (the city, not the direction).  If you have not had these, I am sorry.  It’s a rite of passage of the drive from Austin/San Antonio to the DFW metroplex.  Halfway between both cities and just North of Waco.  You can wait in-line for the confections for upwards of 30 minutes and it’s super worth it.

On Friday night Molly and I played the game ourselves while JR took notes.   Everything about this was far more amazing than I can imagine.  You are all in for a hell of a treat come next Summer.  It’s one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had playtesting one of our games.  JR and his [REDACTED] co-designer have done a hell of a job [REDACTED ENTIRE SENTENCE].

Saturday we invited some friends and family over to play through the game a few times while we took notes.  A couple of good notes that we took away and will make a few slight tweaks to the reward system for [REDACTED].  Overall, that playtest went really well.  Gamers and non-gamers alike were at the table and everyone could follow along and have fun.  We’ll show the game to [redacted] at GenCon and probably have to travel to [redacted] for final approval of everything.

Saturday night we headed up to the Emerald Tavern (a game café in North Austin) and took a look at Restoration Games’ Downforce along with Hunter from Steve Jackson Games and Brent from Studio Woe (Gruff).  The game is really something special.  Though, I think I commented that they took the best game about the best Southern sport and turned it into some kind of fancy New England/European open wheel racing.  Something lots of people don’t know about me is that I was a young red-neck child which included traveling to Talladega, Darlington and Bristol for Nascar races.  Which means, I owned and played a ton of Downforce in a previous iteration when it was called Daytona 500.  The game is very true to the feeling of that game, but has streamlined the bidding process in a way that works *really* well.  This is a game you should all be playing.

Wasteland Express Delivery Service

Wasteland Express Delivery Service finally hit our warehouse and is now starting it’s journey to customers who pre-ordered the game with us on our website.  It will be released to FLGS and OLGS day and date with GenCon, and boy do we have some fun marketing and events coming up for that.

We will communicate more later, but we will have IN STORE demos of the game the week of GenCon.  So, for all you GenCant’ers out there we’ll have something fun for you to do the week of Wasteland release.

Wasteland express is completely 100% sold-out at the publisher level, and it looks like more than a few stores are also sold out.  So, if you want a copy of the game at release you have a few options 1) Call your FLGS and make sure they have a copy with your name on it.  2) Find us at GenCon.  We have copies for sale there, but suspect we will sell out during the show.  So, come to our booth early and often.

We are going to have a re-print of WEDS hitting in October of 2017 with another smaller shipment in November of 2017.  So, if you missed out on the first printing you will be able to get it this holiday season.  We stepped out on a bit of a ledge here with this reprint (it’s larger than the first printing), so it would mean the absolute world to us if you let your FLGS and OLGS know how much you want WEDS.  We’re doing a lot of marketing on our end, but we can only do so much without the help of our fans.

Also, get ready because in early August we will have a content creation contest for Wasteland Express.  We will be putting up on dropbox *all* of our PSD file templates for the Event deck, Raider Deck, Ally Deck, 3 factiond decks and priority-first-class-contract decks.  We may even put up files for the creation of new Truckers.  This will allow the Wasteland Express community to create original content for the game that looks as good as the existing in-game assets.  We will be selecting winners to get a free copy of Wasteland Express for their work, so get to brain storming what you would like to see in the world of Wasteland Express.

Also, if you haven’t been keeping up, some of the early WEDS reviews are in.  Geek and Sundry, Ars Technica, Bleeding Cool and Man Vs Meeple have all fallen in love with Wasteland Express.  Charlie and Raf of G&S and Ars have both named it to their top 5 games of the year to this point.  It’s always great seeing the early reaction to a product be as good as you thought it would be.  After years of blood, sweat and tears going into this game, it’s really validating.

Other things

Lots of other stuff this week.

  • We got final-final confirmation that Red Scare and King’s Life will make GenCon and hit retail in September after that.
  • We are about to get proofs of Dino Island plastic bits, which is really really exciting and once we confirm everything looks good we’ll have a better idea on pinning down when the game will ship.
  • We got our final 2017 game off to the printers. I can’t talk about it till GenCon, but oh man this is something really cool and very very unique.  Should have a mass-produced copy at GenCon as well to show off on camera.

I think that is it for this week’s State of the Saurus!  Thanks for checking it out, and be sure to come back next week where I’ll spend some time talking about games that we’ve been playing (I could have spent a lot more space here about a great Scythe playthrough, Great Western Trail or Flipships).

Till next week,

  • Nathan

 

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Diamonsters, Fire and Axe, Machi Koro, Machi Koro Harbor Expansion, News, Pandasaurus Games

Pandasaurus & IDW Games Holiday Gift Guide & Contest!

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IT’S HERE!

THE 2015 IDW & PANDASAURUS GIFT GUIDE is the answer to all of the gamers (and soon to be!) gamers in your life you’re scratching your head about! From Stocking Stuffers to Family Games to full-on AP inducing Gamer’s Games, we’ve got it all sorted and explained.

Once you’re done perusing, check out our handy-dandy FLGS locator to find your precious! If you don’t have a local store near ya, “Diamonsters,” “Machi Koro” and “Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion” are at Barnes & Nobles and “Machi Koro” is now officially in Targets across the US!

To celebrate and spread the word about our guide, we’re launching a 12 Days of Holiday Guide Gift Giving Contest across ours and IDW’s social sites! EACH DAY a different game from our guide will be featured and up for grabs! Starting TODAY with “Diamonsters”! Check out Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for a chance to nab it!

Happy Holidays and Happy Gaming!!

 

~Team Pandasaurus

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Fire and Axe, News, Pirates of the Seven Seas, The Game

Fire & Axe, The Game and Pirates of the 7 Seas OFFICIALLY IN STORES!!!

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So happy to announce that a Pandasaurus trifecta has officially hit stores and online! Run to your FLGS to nab a copy of the gorgeous, big box grail game, Fire & Axe, the buzzy Spiel Des Jahres nominated, The Game or the highly anticipated Mysterium follow-up,Pirates of the 7 Seas! Or all three! Check out each game’s page for all of the deets!

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in News, The Game/ 1

Spiel Nominee, THE GAME, is Coming!!!

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Pandasaurus is thrilled to announce that we, along with our partners at IDW Games, will be bringing this year’s Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year) nominee to the US! From the brilliant German mind of Steffen Bendorf, comes the heart-thumping, lighting speed coop known simply as THE GAME.

THE GAME is no toy. You and your friends will have to work together if you are going to survive. How well can you coordinate your movements? Without talking? Can you trust your friends to make the right move? Quick thinking and spitfire cooperation will make or break you.

Are you ready to play The Game? Or will the game play you?

The Game is great for gamers (or non-gamers!) of all ages and levels. It’s truly a gateway must!

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Machi Koro, News

Machi Koro Nominated for SPIEL DES JAHRES

We here at Pandasaurus HQ are beside ourselves as our beloved Machi Koro is officially one of three games nominated for the top gaming honor of 2015 Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year)! For anyone wondering what the SDJ is, it’s kind of like the Oscars of tabletop gaming. Previous winners include grail games such as Ticket to Ride, Catan, Quirkle, Carcassonne, Dominion and Hanabi among many very notable others.

The two phenomenal games nominated alongside Machi are The Game and Colt Express. Thus, we know we’ve got some stiff and very deserving competition, but that makes the nomination all the better. It has been our great honor to bring the work of Machi’s brilliant designer, Masao Suganuma, and the visually incomparable artist, Noboru Hotta, to the United States.

Machi Koro is the first Japanese game to ever be nominated, so having just come back from visiting with the brains behind MK, we know that this means the world to the Japanese gaming community.

Winners will be announced soon, so stay tuned and thanks most of all to all of y’all for spreading the Machi love and letting the world know about this little game from Tokyo!

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Fire and Axe, News/ 1

Exclusive Minis With First Edition of Fire and Axe

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Coming May of 2015!

Other Viking Games have come and gone, but one game lived on the lips of gamer’s everywhere: “Fire and Axe”.  This gem has been out of print for over a decade and going for North of $200 dollars second hand ever since.

The legend returns in a brand new deluxe edition from Pandasaurus Games and IDW Games.  Every care has been taken to update this classic game with all new, breathtaking art and design, inimitable miniatures and top notch components.

For the first print run only, we will be including 25 each of the Shield Maiden and Archer figures (5 in each player color).  So, be sure you contact your favorite game store and make sure you get a first edition copy reserved.

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Posted on /by Nathan McNair/in Machi Koro, News, Tammany Hall

Machi Koro Hits Major Holiday Guides!

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Everyone from BGG to Mommy Blogs are adding Machi Koro to their Holiday Gift Guides. Thinking about putting Machi under the tree? Don’t take our word for it!

GeekDad recommends this “quick-playing game that took me by surprise.” “It’s easy to learn and has a good mix of luck and strategy.”

The Morning News says, “In 1995, Settlers of Catan helped usher in a renaissance in contemporary boardgaming. Nearly two decades later, Machi Koro is here to remind us of the joys of city-building.”

BGG (the touchstone of table top) recommends as a “fast-playing” and “charming” family game.

Starlight Citadel dubs it a “fast-playing, colorful, and quick game.” With a “surprising degree of complexity.”

Other Gift Guides include mommy blog, SAHM.com, CoolStuffInc., GeekMom,Gameosity and more!

Already got Machi and want a chance to add some complexity (and a player) with a pre-release copy of the Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion? In honor of the glowing review our lil’ game got in the Guardian (“quick, light and full of charm”), we’ve got contests going on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Instagram.

And don’t forget about the critically acclaimed Tammany Hall (for the more back-stabbing set)! Tammany Hall: For the Gamer Who Deserves Coal in Their Stockings.

Happy Holidays to all our Panda S fans!